Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Farren to plot more Derry City heroics

Derry City striker Mark Farren is hoping Saturday night’s winning goal at Monaghan United will not be his last for the club.

The Greencastle man was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 but after scoring 20 goals this season, he is focusing on a bright future.

“I have a lot of stuff to figure out over the next couple of weeks,” he said.

“The next couple of weeks are a big for me, a lot of things are going to happen and I have a lot of people to talk to about my future, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to play again.

“I’m not saying yes or no, as I have already said I have a lot of people to talk to but hopefully I do come back and play for Derry again at some stage in the future and that’s all I can really say on it.

“I’m going to speak to people, who will advise me on the best things for me to do, but there is no better way to finish by getting the winning goal on Saturday night, to win the league for us and it’s pretty special.”

The frontman was given a standing ovation when he was substituted near the end at Gortakeegan on Saturday evening.

The entire squad wore special ‘Mark Farren DCFC Legend’ t-shirts when they lifted the championship trophy.

“Everyone in the dressing room is really close and I think everyone seen that at the end, how close everybody is and that is what made it so special for me,” added Farren. “I didn’t know it was going to happen, it was a special thing and whenever I was coming off I was a bit emotional.

“It was a great reception for me and you don’t really expect it and I was probably close to tears then at a stage and I thank them for that, I also thank everyone for all their support I have had over the last couple of years.”

City boss Stephen Kenny was proud of all his title-winning heroes but reserved special praise for his leading marksman.

Farren faced a long road to recovery after suffering a brain tumour but everyone has been astounded by his courage.

“I have never known anyone to play with a tumour in his brain, in any sport,” admitted the Derry boss.

“He has had to deal with so much. About his future and his health, never mind his football career. Mark has been unbelievably courageous.”

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